This month, we welcome back Marta Rivera for more of her meal plans. Marta is a trained chef, mom of twins, and wife to a newly-retired soldier!
For me, the week leading up to most holidays is filled with bulk cooking, especially if I’m hosting!
For Independence Day next week, I’m going to open my home to friends. To maximize my time, I’m going to prep small bites for the party from dinner recipes I’m serving my family this week.
I’m a huge fan of freezer-meals and doubling recipes for the future parties, or to just make family dinner plans easier on me! I’ll save half of the Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork for nachos, and top it with extra relish from the Hot Dogs with Pineapple Bacon Relish.
Planning ahead helps me enjoy the festivities while feeding our guests amazing dishes.
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If you’re like us and never finish an entire batch of the meat from these tacos, save leftovers for another meal! Pack the meat in some juice from the slow cooker and freeze it for later.
If you have a diner who hates cilantro, use fresh ginger in its place. Serve this easy protein with leftover rice and a garden salad. If you’ve had your fill of chicken, substitute shrimp.
Topping hot dogs with ketchup and mustard begins to wear on my family, so I swap the expected condiments for unique ingredients like this sweet and salty pineapple bacon relish. I'm making a double batch of the relish to use as a topping for those pulled pork nachos I’m planning for next week!Continue to 5 of 5 below.